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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New camera body or new lens?
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:15:59 PM »
I would choose the 85mm f1.8 as my next purchase.  Combined with your current 50mm f1.4 you would then have a nice ~80/~130  range of very sharp lenses.  If you get afflicted with GAS - gear acquisition syndrome - and
absolutely have to have a new body, but have a limited budget, consider a used 5D.  There are a number of
advantages with the full frame for portrait work - depth of field primarily - but a 5D shouldn't break the bank.
Also, you'll need to get some lighting - not only for more effective portraits but for skill building.  Several vendors
offer two light kits complete with stands etc. for less than $250 and even those are often on sale.  For studio
portraits, still life art shorts and other uses, the lights are indespensible.  I'd check at school, some of this equipment is often available there and sometimes can be checked out over weekends.  Check photography classes, the student newspaper, yearbook etc.  Good luck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fujifilm like the EOS 7D mark II
« on: February 28, 2015, 10:56:18 AM »
 I'm impressed with his candor, but also with the Fuji products.  If wouldn't surprise me if
ten years from now the big camera vendors are Canon, Fuji and Samsung.

Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 24, 2015, 11:32:24 AM »
Take your 35, the 85 and leave the rest at home.

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 24, 2015, 11:30:48 AM »
GAS starts by having artistic visions and too much cash.  Therapy may help, but an effective cure is to dispose of your stuff, give away the cash and find a new hobby.

Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 24, 2015, 11:27:11 AM »
less is better, lighter is best.  I now travel with only a single body, a 35mm and a 75mm and rarely miss a shot.
With the camera around my neck and the other lens in my pocket, I don't have to worry about carrying anything,
have my hands free and can concentrate on "seeing" what's around me.  IF you "have" to buy something for travel, get a SL1, the 24mm pancake and take the 55-250 zoom - surprising image quality, next to nothing weight wise and the whole package is less that your 200L price wise.

Lenses / Re: Lens Choice for India Tiger Safari
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:40:52 AM »
two crop bodies,  70-200 on one,  100-400 on other, and take your G7x for 28-90 range, also, lots of batteries and power plug adapter for the chargers.   

Lenses / Re: Making a wise choice on lens purchases.
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:34:18 AM »
My advice is worth what you're paying for it - as are all other replies to your post.  It's great that you have a goal,
but equipment isn't the answer.  It sounds as if you have a decent kit already - maybe not what the vocal majority here might choose, but certainly enough to accomplish your "improvement" path.  My advice then would be to
spend a few dollars on instructional and technique books, master the tools you have available and practice until
you feel comfortable.  A few dollars invested in one of the photo weekends with an interest group may pay you many more dividends that a new lens.  Strangely enough, doing this will "show" you which additional lenses or
equipment you may want/need far better than some posting group.  This step might take 6 months or six years,
but put aside a little jingle each month so that when you do discover something that you need, you can get it.

look at the naneu pro lima - inexpensive, well padded, with extra pockets for charger, cords, ipod, flash cards.

EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:08:34 PM »
No.  A few new feathers on a turkey still doesn't make it an eagle.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M3 - Will it be Available Outside of Japan?
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:37:38 PM »
Who cares?  Bolt on viewfinder, limited lenses, and less appeal than other vendors offerings.  Maybe Canon USA
knows best.

EOS Bodies / the "new" medium format?
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:26:11 PM »
anyone care to speculate on the impact of the 50meg sensor on the medium format market?
The new 5Ds/5Dsr are both less than half of the list for a pentax 645d, a fifth of Leica S and less than a tenth
of some Hasselblad/Leaf/Mamiya offerings.  Combined with the wider variety of lens options,
portability and other considerations, do you think this will create a price drop for the "big fellows" or
new announcements of perhaps 75-90 meg image sensors?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:31:43 PM »
Mr. Morita would be turning over in his grave if he could see the mess his successors have made at Sony.
They make outstanding professional television lenses, but rely on Zeiss to provide good glass for their
cameras.  With the exception of the new A series full frame cameras, the last years have provided one mediocre offer after another.  They coasted on Minolta's start with the purchase, then lost their way completely in cameras.  With the overall Sony corporations financials, I wouldn't be surprised to see them dump cameras as completely as they did personal computers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 11, 2015, 01:49:40 PM »
In the end, it really doesn't matter.  If you make a "mistake" in your purchase, sell it and try something else.
No one, in a short forum blurb, can understand your style, financial status, motivation or how GAS affects you.
The best camera is the one you have with you - maybe your I phone is all you need.

Whatever's in front of you - or to the left or to the right.  It's a marvelous area and the opportunities are boundless.  If you want standard tourist shots, buy the postcards.

I'd keep it simple - take the 6D and the 50 1.8.  If you need an additional lens, buy the new 24mm pancake that
will fit nicely in your pocket.  Unless this trip is specifically a "photo" trip, you won't want the tripod or the extra
weight and bother of the other gear.  Your best investment might be a plain shoulder strap without the Canon logo - and if you're really worried about thieves, get one with the embeded stainless wire. 

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